Author: Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek LCSW-C
Speaking up for yourself has benefits, but it has costs, too. Many
people who struggle with assertiveness are paralyzed by worries that
they'll seem mean, petty, or that they will hurt the other person's
feelings. Even though they want to speak up, they may keep their true
needs and opinions to themselves because of these fears-eventually
building stress, resentment, and alienation. "The Guide to Compassionate
Assertiveness" does not require that readers ignore the needs of others
and focus solely on their own desires. Rather, this unique blend of
cognitive behavioural therapy - based assertiveness training and
Buddhist psychology helps readers practice assertiveness skills while
caring deeply about the welfare of others. This book helps readers
develop a form of assertiveness that emphasizes collaboration,
negotiation, and compromise. It focuses on speaking up for the benefit
of others and speaking up for the relationship, not just one's own
needs. In this way, readers learn to assert their needs in ways that
match their compassionate value systems. This book is the ideal
assertiveness guide for those who are afraid of rejection, have a deep
concern for how others perceive them, often feel judged by others, or
have difficulty expressing their feelings and needs. Readers learn to
apply assertiveness skills in all domains of their lives, including in
romantic relationships, as parents, at work, and in social settings.
Sherrie M. Vavrichek, LCSW-C, is a cognitive behavioral
therapist and published author (co-author of The Hair Pulling Habit and You) who uses mindfulness, meditation, and
Buddhist philosophy in her practice and in her life. She is a senior
staff member at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, and
has presented at national conferences on numerous mental health topics,
including compassionate assertiveness. Vavrichek lives and works in the
Washington, DC area.
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